Mercedes and bus collision ends in waterworks

So that’s what undercoating is for.

A West Vancouver Blue Bus is off the road and police are investigating after a Central Lonsdale collision left a water hydrant gushing out into the street.

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The incident happened just before noon on Sunday at the corner of 15th Street and Chesterfield Avenue. The driver of a grey Mercedes was headed south through the intersection when he ran into the bus coming east on 15th, sending both off the road.

“The bus then struck a fire hydrant, knocking it over, spewing a high rate of water onto the roadway and up under the bus,” said Cpl. Richard De Jong, North Vancouver RCMP spokesman. “And people got their lawns watered.”

City crews turned off the water pressure. The 20-year-old driver was treated for some minor lacerations from broken glass and released from hospital.

“Fortunately, there were no major injuries,” De Jong said.

The cause of the collision is still under investigation. Police are looking to speak with any witnesses to the crash.

“Both (drivers) claim to have had the right of way,” De Jong said. “It’s unclear who went through the green and who went through the red.”

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